Thread Number: 79708  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Better Because it's Gas, Best Because it's Caloric! Part Two
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Post# 1036075   6/22/2019 at 09:22 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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This is a replacement due to almost the complete loss of the original Caloric series. This will take some time to reconstitute due to it's size. Sadly, most of the comments will be lost since it would be far too time consuming to repost each and every one. When the rebuilding is complete, I will post the latest updates of the Ultramatic.

 

Many thanks to John, Martin, Mark, Louis, Steve, Bill, Paul and everyone else for their help, advice and encouragement on this project.

 

Part One:

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So let's take a step back in time shall we?





Post# 1036077 , Reply# 1   6/22/2019 at 09:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/28/2016

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Well the rotisserie spit rod arrived today. The rod was too thick. I know, thought I'd never admit to that one. So back to square one. frown


Post# 1036078 , Reply# 2   6/22/2019 at 09:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/29/16 by combo52

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Too Thick Rotisserie Rod

 

Hi Louie, you could just grind down or have it ground down on the end that is inserted into the motor to fit.


Post# 1036079 , Reply# 3   6/22/2019 at 09:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/29/16

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Hey thanks John. By grinding down the tip, the chrome plating  would be lost. Wouldn't the tip begin to rust?


Post# 1036080 , Reply# 4   6/22/2019 at 09:38 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/29/16

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Spit rod...

 

The problem is the head. It's cone shaped. I'm going to have to do some serious grinding to get it to slip in. The spit rod came with a kit, it has the forks, handle and bushings that slip on the spit.

 

Rotisserie

 

Rotisserie.

 

New spit rod.

 

New spit rod.

 

 


Post# 1036081 , Reply# 5   6/22/2019 at 09:42 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/29/16

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The new oven light switch arrived today. Perfect fit!

 

New oven light switch.


Post# 1036083 , Reply# 6   6/22/2019 at 09:46 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/30/2016

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I have no idea of the original rods specs, but this one seems perfect at 19 inches in length. It's 5/16" in width, the smallest I could find in the correct length. It seems it needs a 3/16" width spit rod, never seen one at 19" length. The longest the rod can be is 20".

 

This is as far as it goes. The square sides don't engage into the receptacle. No choice but to grind the tip down.

 

Rotisserie.

 

Rotisserie


Post# 1036084 , Reply# 7   6/22/2019 at 09:48 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/30/16 by combo52

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Rust should not be an issue unless you want to put the rod in the DW, lots of cook-ware over the years is just plain uncoated steel, we are only talking about the last inch of the rod not the part that is in prolonged contact with the food.


Post# 1036086 , Reply# 8   6/22/2019 at 09:55 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/11/2016

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Well, after grinding down the rod...while not pretty it will do fine until I find the correct one. The original rods' forks had 2 tines each, this one has 4. I think this is better. We all know how important it is to secure the meat.

 

Ground down spit rod.

 

Spit rod.

 

Spit rod.

 

Spit rod.

 




 


Post# 1036087 , Reply# 9   6/22/2019 at 10:00 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/11/2016 by combo52

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Louie you are going to love the way that broiler will roast with the Rotisserie.

 

Everyone knows that I am more of an electric range person, and I actually think the the biggest single advantage of a gas range is the gas Ultra-Ray broiler because of the way a gas flame helps consume the smoke from broiling.


Post# 1036088 , Reply# 10   6/22/2019 at 10:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/12/2016 by Yogitunes

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talk about time and effort....WHEW!!!


its is absolutely beautiful.....


I would be afraid to get it dirty after all of this work and detailed cleaning...


in either case, enjoy it in good health....


how about sliding a few small washers over the stems to build up the difference for the knobs, so as they don't touch the porcelain....

not that you need to make adjustments, but for most gas stoves, there was a screw adjustment behind the knob, down inside the slot of the shaft, you will need a tiny screwdriver...


Post# 1036089 , Reply# 11   6/22/2019 at 10:04 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/12/2016

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Thanks John, I am looking forward to doing a roast on the Ultra-ray!

 

Thanks Martin. To be honest, the Caloric was NOT designed for easy cleaning. But every time I walk into the kitchen, I'm like "WOW". It was so worth it.


Post# 1036090 , Reply# 12   6/22/2019 at 10:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/13/2016

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Interesting,  I found on ebay they are selling the receptacle for the Caloric's meat probe, but no probe. It came from a GE. I guess many manufacturers used the same meat probe.

 

Meat probe receptacle

The seller calls it a "thermometer" . Obviously has no idea what he's selling.


Post# 1036091 , Reply# 13   6/22/2019 at 10:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/14/2016

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Done.

 

Oven light switch.

 

Oven light.

 

Oven light.


Post# 1036093 , Reply# 14   6/22/2019 at 10:16 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/14/2016 by combo52

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Meat temperature probe

 

Most of these were made by someone like King-Seealy Controls, they are fairly interchangeable, and I am sure that we have one, problem is I really don't have time to find parts many times.


Post# 1036095 , Reply# 15   6/22/2019 at 10:19 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally post 4/17/2016

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Damn meat probe...

 

Caloric meat probe.


Post# 1036096 , Reply# 16   6/22/2019 at 10:21 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/18/2016 by askolover

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Louie, I know you want to keep original of possible, but could you rig a new temp probe and plug-in to it?

 

 


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Post# 1036097 , Reply# 17   6/22/2019 at 10:22 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/18/2016

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You know Greg, I had thought of that. And I'm afraid I'm going to have to go that route. The meat probe is proving to be even more elusive than the spit rod.

 

I have to say, that oven is a real blast furnace. I opened the door to take out a pizza and I literally felt my face being seared. I have never used an oven, gas or electric, that warms up so fast and so intensely in my life. I suppose it's because the oven is relatively small, and the burner is oversized. Oh well.


Post# 1036099 , Reply# 18   6/22/2019 at 10:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/19/2016

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As suggested by Martin...

 

I fixed the knob problem. They will no longer gouge the porcelain. The washers will have to do for now.

 

Gas valve with washers.

 

Knob


Post# 1036100 , Reply# 19   6/22/2019 at 10:31 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 5/21/2016

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My husband found the matching font used originally for the knobs.

 

Knob fonts.


Post# 1036102 , Reply# 20   6/22/2019 at 10:36 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 9/18/2016

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Well now. What have we here?

 

Caloric meat probe.

 

Caloric meat probe.

I finally found the meat probe. And on ebay no less.

 

Up next, a Knobathon!


Post# 1036116 , Reply# 21   6/22/2019 at 13:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 4/23/2017

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Now if there is one thing I like, it's a clean, neat and shiny knob.

 

The lettering had pretty much disappeared from the knobs of the Caloric. So after some cleaning, painting, removing the center aluminum disks, printing new lettering using the correct font (thanks to hubby), then applying,  sealing the disk with a layer of archival tape (non yellowing, acid free), finally the knobs are done.

 

Knobs before:

 

Original Knobs.

 

And now the process:

 

Inserts removed

 

Knobs fonts.

 

Knobs inserts 1

 

Knob inserts

 

Knob inserts 3

 

Knob inserts 4

 

Knobs done.

 

Knobs completed left.

 

Knobs completed right.

 

Knobs completed

 

Knobs conpleted right angle.

 

 


Post# 1036118 , Reply# 22   6/22/2019 at 13:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 7/18/2017

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From north of the border it came...

 

I love getting a package from the mailman. Today I received a spit-rod for the Caloric from Turquoise Dude (Paul). It's a PERFECT fit! Not only does it go in smoothly, but it locks into place! Thanks a million Paul! XOXO!


Post# 1036119 , Reply# 23   6/22/2019 at 14:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Originally posted 2/27/2018

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Current state of affairs...2/27/18

 

All buttomed up.

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic

 

Caloric Ultramatic


Post# 1036124 , Reply# 24   6/22/2019 at 16:21 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
From here onward, all posts will be new updates.

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 Next up, servicing of all the gas valves.


Post# 1036137 , Reply# 25   6/22/2019 at 19:43 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Is there supposed to be a flat griddle in the middle of the cooktop, as for eggs and pancakes?

 


Post# 1036154 , Reply# 26   6/23/2019 at 04:09 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Yes. See part one of the series Bob.


Post# 1036454 , Reply# 27   6/26/2019 at 18:56 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
OUCH!

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Quick observation on using the Ultra-ray broiler. The broiler knob, and the area around it get  scorching HOT. As in I actually burned my fingers when shutting off the broiler hot. This can not be a design flaw. Why would the knob get so incredibly hot?


Post# 1036461 , Reply# 28   6/26/2019 at 22:52 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Hot Control Knobs

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Only touch the plastic part of the knob, also close the door when broiling in this range.

 

John 


Post# 1037011 , Reply# 29   7/3/2019 at 05:23 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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The 5th burner, griddle valve had seized.  Fine, I took it apart, greased it and now the valve will not turn. The knob turns fine. There is gas in the pilot light, but when you turn the knob, it's like the cylinder inside the valve does not turn. There is no tell tail sound of gas flowing through to the burner. I cleaned and greased all the other valves, and they are fine. I even compared the other automatic valve with this one to see if I missed anything, but it looks good. I haven't forced it. Any suggestions? Thanks!


Post# 1037283 , Reply# 30   7/6/2019 at 01:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Some images of greasing the gas valves. I used "Valve Cream". Expensive, goopy stuff. Still unable to get the 5th burner to function.

 

Thanks to Eugene (Lorain Furniture) for posting a great video on greasing gas stove valves. Link below.



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Post# 1037284 , Reply# 31   7/6/2019 at 02:22 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Left, rear gas valve:

 

Regular Gas valve

 

Regular valve cylinder assembly

 

Regular valve assembly.

 

Regular valve assembly

 

Cleaning inside valve with Zoom Spout

 

Greased, regular valve cylinder

 

Reinstalled regular gas valve cylinder (no cover)

 

 


Post# 1037285 , Reply# 32   7/6/2019 at 02:31 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Ultra-ray valve:

 

Ultra-ray valve

 

Ultra-ray valve assembly spring

 

Ultra-ray valve with cylinder

 

Ultra-ray valve without cylinder

 

Ultra-ray cylinder assembly





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